The Center for Teaching offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of instructors at every stage of their teaching career. From graduate students entering the teaching ranks to senior faculty fine-tuning their craft, all instructors will find participation in Center programs an avenue for exploration and discovery in a collegial setting.
TAV affords faculty new to Vanderbilt the opportunity to get to know one another in an informal setting and to learn about the specificities of teaching at Vanderbilt and the resources available to help them succeed.
The Center for Teaching shares Vanderbilt’s commitment to recruiting and retaining tenure-track faculty who are dynamic researchers and teachers. Crucial to this retention is further development not only of faculty research interests and expertise across the disciplines, but also of teaching effectiveness and efficiency early in a faculty member’s career at Vanderbilt. In support of this development, the CFT offers a variety of programs and services for junior faculty.
Throughout the school year, the Center organizes workshops facilitated by CFT senior staff, Graduate Teaching Fellows, University administrators and faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and invited guests.
Working Groups bring together small cohorts of faculty who meet regularly to discuss either a specific teaching practice or a more conceptual set of issues. Topics for working groups have included course design, using visuals in instruction, and classroom response systems. CFT staff are also prepared to develop new working groups in response to faculty and graduate student interest.
The Celebration of Teaching is an annual tradition co-hosted by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School to honor those who have won university- or school-based awards during the previous academic year and to recognize the graduates of the CFT's Teaching Certificate program.
2009 marked the first Teaching with Technology Camp. The day-and-a-half long camp was comprised of pre-tenure and non-tenure-track faculty members in the social sciences and humanities and included professional development opportunities by way of technology workshops, demonstrations, and individual consultations.
Time was also allotted for faculty members to gain hands-on experience with the technology, allowing them to begin implementation of a plan aimed at addressing a challenge or opportunity they expected to face in their upcoming fall or spring semester course.